Directed by Lisa Reznik
Simone de Beauvoir had a life-long partnership with existentialist writer Jean-Paul Sartre… that began the year both passed the prestigious philosophy aggregation in Paris, 1929. Beauvoir was a committed intellectual who was happiest writing, often in cafes. As a couple, the Beauvoir-Sartre pair became legend. Beauvoir and Sartre never married, did not have children, did not live under the same roof, had an open relationship. They lived what was and would still be an unconventional lifestyle.
Tête-à-Tête explores the period when Beauvoir, 21, and Sartre, 23, met while preparing for the national philosophy exam. The story begins as the students discuss the results of the competitive exam then follows the couple’s discussion of individual freedom — ideas that form the basis of ‘existentialism’.
She was accused of vulgarity, impropriety, exhibitionism, godlessness and ridiculing the French male.
When World Ward II ended, Beauvoir and Sartre found themselves in the glare of fame: Existentialism became the new intellectual fashion. Sartre’s philosophy Existentialism acknowledged the absurdity of the human condition and insisted on individual freedom and choice. This philosophy struck a chord with people who experienced the Holocaust.
In a café the couple discuss the goals they share and their mutual opposition to marriage. In Beauvoir’s Parisian flat, the couple share an intimate moment and express their feelings for one another.
Beauvoir was born into the French bourgeoisie in 1908 and grew up at a time when women didn’t vote and the most elite educational institutions were for men only. She became a philosophy student among a majority of young men.
Simone de Beauvoir was a prolific writer in a range of genres who will always be associated with her 20th century landmark The Second Sex. Beauvoir’s The Second Sex caused an outcry when it was published in France in 1949. The author broached many taboo subjects : women’s sexuality, lesbianism, abortion, aging.
Lisa Reznik in Person.
Lisa Reznik studied journalism at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU and French at the University of Paris, La Sorbonne. She has directed two short films and written feature length screen-plays, short screenplays and a stage play. Her short film Left Bank Bookseller has been screened at film festivals in the U.S. and Ireland and won the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 NYC Downtown Shorts film festival. Lisa is director of the Film Society of Summit (NJ).
Producer: Anna Prichard
Cinematographer: Isarr Eiriksson
Assistant Director: Wim Vanacker
Shorts / 65 minsOur second shorts program includes the US Premire of the LGBT/Arts in Film Téte-a-Téte, the North American Premiere of the Italian EcoCinema short Zio Ninuccio, the Cinema of Consciousness Ethiopian film Natsanat and the North American Premiere of the US Cinema film Jewish Caviar.
Shorts / 57 minsTwo shorts from the Arts in Film category and two from the Eco Cinema category span the world from France to the US to Croatia and Italy. From LGBT issues, the wine industry, the slow food movement and dance, this shorts program has a flavor of all the genres of the Wine Country Film Festival.
Precedes: This is Where I Leave You